THE BETTER SACRIFICE
by Pastor Mike Fortune
August 4, 2012
- All the world's best fall short (Hebrews 10:1-11; 1 Samuel 15:22)
- There is only one sacrifice that matters (Hebrews 10:12-14; Hosea 6:6)
- Remember the better sacrifice (Hebrews 10:15-18; Psalm 40:6-8)
All Scripture from NLT
1The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship. 2If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared. 3But instead, those sacrifices actually reminded them of their sins year after year. 4For it is not possible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5That is why, when Christ came into the world, he said to God, "You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings. But you have given me a body to offer. 6You were not pleased with burnt offerings or other offerings for sin. 7Then I said, 'Look, I have come to do your will, O God—as is written about me in the Scriptures.'" 8First, Christ said, "You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings or burnt offerings or other offerings for sin, nor were you pleased with them" (though they are required by the law of Moses). 9Then he said, "Look, I have come to do your will." He cancels the first covenant in order to put the second into effect. 10For God's will was for us to be made holy by the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ, once for all time. 11Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins.12But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God's right hand. 13There he waits until his enemies are humbled and made a footstool under his feet. 14For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. 15And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says, 16"This is the new covenant I will make with my people on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds." 17Then he says, "I will never again remember their sins and lawless deeds."18And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.
1 Samuel 15:22
22But Samuel replied, "What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
6I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
6You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand—you don't require burnt offerings or sin offerings. 7Then I said, "Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: 8I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart."